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Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

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Mid Formartine councillor Andrew Hassan

Councillor to hold surgery for pupils

Mid Formartine councillor Andrew Hassan is to hold his latest Surgery at Meldrum Academy during the school lunch hour next week.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

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Turriff and District councillor Alastair Forsyth

Councillor criticises Boundary Commission plan

A local councillor has criticised proposals from the Boundary Commission which would see Methlick split in two and placed in different constituencies for Westminster elections.

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Council officers Audrey Hendry, Iain Bell and Margaret Kahn are pictured with Stephen MacGregor from the Scottish Government, Skene School head teacher Amanda Hampton and Jackie Bird who presented the award.

Award for recruitment scheme

An innovative Aberdeenshire Council scheme which encourages people to become teachers has received a major award at a recent ceremony.

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East Garioch councillor Martin Ford

Bid to end 11-year wait for play park

Two planning enforcement notices have been served by Aberdeenshire Council on Avant Homes in respect of the former Kingseat Hospital development near Newmachar.

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Gillian Martin MSP on a visit to NESCoL recently.

MSP launches film project

An MSP has launched a collaborative project for students at college in the North East to create a film around the dangers of social media including sexting and revenge porn.

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Election for Community Council

Election for Community Council

An election is to be held for the re-established Ellon Community Council next week.

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Gillian Martin spoke in Parliament after it was confirmed there would be continued support for more than 1,000 offices in the North-East

MSP backs support for North-east after Barclay review findings

The Scottish Government has revealed it will continue to support businesses in the North-East with continued transitional relief for office spaces.

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Colin Clark MP with Peter Clark and Flora Watson, Senior Charge Nurse at Roxburghe House

MP donates salary to charities

MP for Gordon, Colin Clark, has handed over his council salary to two local causes.

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Alex Salmond on the Edinburgh Fringe stage

Curtain call on ex-First Minister’s Fringe show

Following a run of 19 sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Alex Salmond is refusing to rule out an early return to the stage.

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The Electoral Reform Society claims that 1.8 million votes cast in Scotland made no impact on the overall result.

1.8 million Scottish votes “wasted” in General Election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to a new report.

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Mr Bowie said a similar celebration had proved a great success when the new roadbridge over the Forth was finished.

MP calls for open day on completed AWPR

A North East MP has called for the Aberdeen bypass to be opened up to pedestrians and cyclists for a day before it opens to traffic to emulate an event to mark the completion of the Queensferry Crossing.

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The politicians support comes after she put forward a joint resolution to the SNPs National Council last year.

MSP backs Labour's calls to help end period poverty in Scotland

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has backed Scottish Labour’s bid to bring legislation in parliament which could help end period poverty in Scotland.

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Alex Salmond says Donald Trump's opposition to independence should seal the deal for the SNP

Salmond brands Trump a 'complete and utter nincompoop'

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has branded US President Donald Trump 'a complete and utter nincompoop' after he suggested that Scottish independence would be 'terrible'.

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Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin

App guidance to be issued

Guidance will be issued to schools across Aberdeenshire after a new social media app feature was introduced which enables users to show their exact locations.

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Colin Clark MP with RecyclAbility operations manager Brian Reid

MP visits Pitmedden firm

MP for Gordon, Colin Clark, visited a Social Enterprise which reinvests any profits back into the business for the benefit of its Service users last week.

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Gillian Martin MSP

MSP backs Bennachie campaign

A North East politician has given her backing to a campaign by constituents to protect a local natural beauty spot.

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Woodhill House in Aberdeen.

Education policy row over online comments

The leader of Aberdeenshire Council has urged councillors to work together instead of posting “inaccurate and misleading accusations” online.

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Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin

MSP backs period poverty scheme

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has backed the launch of a pilot scheme set-up to support low income households affected by period poverty.

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